2019 Norway and London

2019 Norway and London

August 24th-25th

Our 2019 vacation to Norway and London was kickstarted a few days with some of the most excellent news that Chelsie was promoted to Cheif Revenue Officer (CRO) at SnackNation. Celebrations began immediately with dinners at our favorite restaurants in Pasadena, Union, and Sugar Fish. I am so very proud of what Chelsie has accomplished at SnackNation, developing and growing the company into what it is today. an Inc. 500 Top Companies to Work For in 2019.

Saturday, the day of our departure, we had a lot of things going on. It started with a SoulCycle spin class. Chelsie’s goal of 500 ridesz by the end of the year requires almost 5 days a week from here on out. We decided to do double classes to make up for some of the travel days.

Also, Mom and Bill, along with Jody and Gale had planned to stay the night at our house for the weekend. The plan was for them to visit with us for a bit while we packed for our trip and then see Nana and Papa on Sunday. We enjoyied a great lunch at our local fried chicken shop, The Crack Shack.

Fully packed we headed to the airport. This entailed us driving to Culver City, which took over an hour at 5 PM on a Saturday, ugh; then taking a Lyft to the airport. At the airport, we grabbed a bite at one of the nicer restaurants that featured lobster rolls. It was great quality for airport food, dfdsdf but not as good a Broad Street Oyster Company that comes into Sierra Madre RT Brewing once a month. kjhb

Our flight to London was great and uneventful. We were grateful to have Premium Economy on Virgin Atlantic where we enjoyed larger and cozier seats. Flight time was a total of 11 hours. Once in London, we had almost 5 hours to go from Heathrow Airport to Gatwick Airport to catch our flight to Bergen, Norway. Chelsie had previously booked us a private car which makes things very convenient, plus we had a chauffeur holding a sign with our name. Very cool. asdresdf

At Gatwick, we have about 4 hours until our flight departed. It was at this time that I realized that I might not meet my daily exercise goal. Last year when I started exercising to lose weight, I unintentionally created a personal goal of doing 365-days of exercise. Today, I am at 322 continuous day streak and I began to realize I might break the streak because we lost 8 hours in time zones and the 11+ hours of travel time. With that in mind, I thought it could leverage the downtime and try to fit in a run. Suiting up and leaving the Gatwick lounge, i soon realized that there was no way out of the airport. Multiple airport staff said that there is absoultly no way out without foerfiting the flight. Brainstorming with the kind folks at the Airport disability booth, we came up with a few ideas idea, including running through the waiting areas and running up and downstairs. I did not like this ideas as i thought it would create quite a scene. We finally came up with the idea that using an less-frequented escalator might be the best option. With that, I went to the “Gate 1-5” escalator and settled in for a massive hill climb. One hour later, and many awkward looks, encouraging comments, annoyed comments, and getting harassed by security twice, I had completed my workout. Breaking my streak was not in the cards today.

During my time climbing a million steps, Chelsie relaxed in the lounge, enjoying a fancy dinner, and listened to her audiobook. She was so relaxed, and into vacation-mode, I found her sleeping when I returned. The flight to Bergen was full and was uneventful. We changed timezones once again and lost another hour, arriving at midnight on the 25th. Being thoughtful, Chelsie had booked the Comfort Hotel Bergen Airport, which was a 3-minute walk from the airport. After over 24 hours of travel, we were ready for a nap. wewq

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